Four Bison named All-Worcester Area

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DUDLEY, Mass. – Four members of the Nichols College baseball team have been named to the Seventh Annual Worcester Area Baseball All-Stars.

Juniors Cam Cook (Phoenixville, Pa.) and Nick Roy (Middletown, Conn.) along with sophomore Danny Hayden (East Greenwich, R.I.) were named to the First Team while senior Adam Rigney (Niantic, Conn.) was tabbed to the Second Team. This was the second straight season that Cook and Roy were named to the Worcester Area First Team.

"It is great for our guys to be awarded by the Worcester area," said Nichols head coach Nick Puccio. "Many strong programs in Worcester and to have the number of guys on this team every year saying something about our program we should be proud of."

Cook paced the Bison and finished third in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in batting average (.383) while ending the conference tournament tops in the league in hits (62). Cook also finished third in the CCC with a career-high 20 stolen bases and fifth in the conference in runs scored (38) – matching his total from last season. His season was highlighted by reaching base in the first 26 games of the year – establishing a program-record 37 games dating back to last season.

"Cook has been a great player in our program for three years and is one of the best competitors we have," said Puccio. "It is great to see his work pay off."

Roy had a huge season after a career year in his sophomore campaign. He established career highs in batting average (.379), homeruns (2), RBI's (32), and stolen bases (17). He finished fifth in the conference in batting average and third in hits (58) while reaching base at the third best clip (.449). Roy provided 16 multi-hit games included a career-high four hits against regional powerhouse Wheaton (MA) in the middle of April.

"Nick handles himself like a true professional. Plays the game the right way, and has a great work ethic," said Puccio.

Hayden was sensational for the Bison on the mound for the 2017 season. He finished second in the conference in wins (7) while finishing third in the CCC among pitchers that threw at least 60 innings in earned run average (3.15). Hayden finished the season by winning his final four starts including picking up the Bison's first win in the CCC Tournament since 2007 when he defeated Curry on May 7th.

"Danny is such a hard worker and has made himself into a legit top of the rotation arm," said Puccio. "His will to be great has been outstanding."

Rigney saved his best season for his last season as he finished fifth in the CCC in wins (6). His 3.43 ERA was just behind Hayden for second best on the team while he also fired the third most complete games in the conference (3). Rigney put the Bison a win away from playing for the CCC Championship after he allowed just two runs over seven innings to eventual conference champions and nationally-ranked Salve Regina.

"It's great to see Adam get recognized in his senior year. Adam has dedicated his life to baseball the last four years and put himself in position to help us win many important games down the stretch," said Puccio. "It is great to see this to end his career."

Junior catcher Andrew Jaehnig (Quincy, Mass.) of Assumption College was named Player of the Year while sophomore Cal Slepkow (Rehobeth, Mass.) of Clark (MA) was voted the Pitcher of the Year.

Freshmen Ben Palatino (Hudson, Mass.) of Worcester State and Austin Masel (Stoneham, Mass.) of Holy Cross were announced Co-Rookies of the Year and WPI coach Mike Callahan – who was the NEWMAC Coach of the Year – was named the Coach of the Year for the Worcester Area.

The seventh annual Worcester Baseball All-Star Team is voted on by the sports information directors representing the nine Worcester area colleges and universities.